Statement by the President: the Death of Congressman Henry B. Gonzalez (11/29/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release
November 29, 2000

                        STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT

     Hillary  and  I  were  deeply  saddened  to  learn  of  the  death  of
Congressman Henry Gonzalez.

     Congressman  Gonzalez was a trailblazer and a leader for all of Texas.
From  his  election to the San Antonio City Council and the Texas Senate to
his  successful  career in Congress, Henry spent more than 40 years serving
his  state and his country. He was the first Hispanic to serve in the Texas
State Senate in more than 100 years, and the first Mexican-American elected
from Texas to serve in Congress.

     As  Chairman  of  the  House  Banking  Committee, Congressman Gonzalez
championed  the  issues  of America?s working families, fighting tirelessly
for  economic justice, civil rights, banking reform and affordable housing.
His  work  over the decades was recognized with countless honors and awards
--  including  the  1994  John F. Kennedy Profiles in Courage award.  Henry
will  forever be remembered as a man of conviction and humility who devoted
his life to lifting people up and building bridges of understanding.

     Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Bertha, his children, and
his family and friends.


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